Sydney FC held by Shanghai Shenhua as Champions League exit confirmed

From ESPN - April 17, 2018

A wasteful Sydney FC are out of the AFC Champions League after a fiery 0-0 stalemate with a second-string Shanghai Shenhua.

Sitting third in Group H, the Sky Blues needed to beat last-placed Shanghai on Tuesday night and hope second-placed Suwon Bluewings failed to beat leaders Kashima Antlers at the same time to make the round of 16.

But the concurrent match in Japan did not run to script as Suwon won 1-0 on matchday six.

In truth, neither did Sydney's final group match at Allianz Stadium, where the A-League premiers dominated all the statistics except the one that mattered most.

The sheet read a total 22 shots to none and Bobo spurned a handful of those opportunities. The best chance was eight minutes in when Adrian Mierzejewski's through ball found the Brazilian in space.

Despite having ample time to skirt around a stranded Qiu Shengjion, the A-League's record goal scorer somehow managed to fire wide.

Sydney's chances mounted as the hosts time and again sliced through their deep-lying visitors with ease only to lack the final product.


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